Melissa Lesser, PT, DPT

Melissa Lesser

Melissa Lesser PT, DPT

Associate Director of Clinical Education (part-time)

Assistant Professor of Physicial Therapy


Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Drexel University

BS Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University


Dr. Lesser assists with overseeing clinical education experiences for graduate physical therapy students. She also assists with the neuromuscular I, II and III labs. She specializes in acute care physical therapy, spending most of her career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she still works as a per diem physical therapist. At HUP, Dr. Lesser was the Co-Center Coordinator of Clinical Education. Dr. Lesser is interested in rehabilitation of the medically complex patient in the intensive care unit. She is an active member of both the PPTA and APTA. She is a member of the acute care and education sections.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Borst J., Dekerlegand J., Lesser M. Use of the postural assessment scale for stroke patients in determining acute care discharge recommendations. Poster presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, February 2015.

Burklow K., Dekerlegand J., Journey B., Leary M., Lesser M., Schaffner L. Outcomes of an acute care patient mobility program for trauma and orthopedic patients. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Lancaster, PA, October 2014.

Goodstadt N., Hirsch D., Lesser (Hunter), M. Barriers, attitudes and perceptions to the development of physical therapy residency education: a pilot study. Platform presentation at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, LA, February 2011.

Contact Information

Office location: Woodland Hall, Room 115
Mailing address: Box # 39
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7282
Office Fax: 215-895-3121

m [dot] lesser [at] usciences [dot] edu